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Feb. 5 2010 - 12:33 pm | 6,317 views | 5 recommendations | 48 comments

Tea Party convention kicks off with racist rant

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It turns out that the Tea Party has more in common with the mainstream political parties than we may have realized.

They too are completely and utterly dysfunctional.

Kicking off their controversial national convention in Nashville last night, Tom Tancredo, the one time GOP Congressman, presidential candidate and confirmed wing-nut, presented the opening speech. To make certain that the event got off to the right start, Tancredo proceeded to give the most racist speech I can recall since David Duke, the Ku Klux Klan leader turned politician, amazed us with his vile dribble.

Ripping into Obama, Tancredo announced that the president had won his office because “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country.”

This was no accidental choice of words. Back in the days of the Jim Crow south, literacy tests were used to take away the right to vote from the majority of African Americans. It was a practice successfully employed to deny these rights from the late nineteenth century right on through to the 1960’s when it was mercifully ended by The Voting Rights Act of 1965, and one that continues to be one of the darkest stains on our national history.

But Tancredo was just getting warmed up.

People who could not spell the word vote or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House — name is Barack Hussein Obama.”
Via Fox News

But he wasn’t finished yet. He still had to point out that America’s problems are the result of the nation’s “cult of multiculturalism.” Tancredo basically did everything he could to make his racist point short of handing out copies of “Mein Kampf” and carrying a sign reading, “If you ain’t white, you ain’t right.”

I have never accused the Tea Party of being a racist movement. While I acknowledge that there are certainly those who identify with the group whose objection to Barack Obama is based on his race, it seems unfair to paint everyone in the movement – many of whom are upset with the state of the country and want to express their concerns – with so negative a brush.

But if these people want to be taken seriously, why would they waste the national stage they have created with this convention to highlight a racist like Tom Tancredo?

To be fair, there were those in attendance who get that. Mark Skoda, a founder of the Memphis Tea Party and a spokesman for the convention, was left shaking his head in amazement, saying “It doesn’t further the dialogue.

You can say that again, Mark.


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    It is almost like Marcus Epstein is still writing Tancredo’s talking points.

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    Rick this would be amazing if there was absolutely any truth at all to what you said.

    There isn’t.

    But rather than get into it with you I’ll direct you to this write up which calls your nonsense out.

    http://www.twiceright.com/2010/2/5/trueslant-all-slant-no-truth-about-tancredos-speech/in/news-blurbs/by/ethan

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      Thank you so very much for setting me straight. Clearly, some guy named Ethan who writes on a website nobody has ever heard of but likes to put up photos of Nancy Pelosi dripping blood from her mouth is precisely where I would turn to get the final word on the subject.

      Of course, we will have to set aside the fact that liberal news organizations like Fox have reported the identical words I have cited above.

      Might I suggest you do a little research yourself? might I suggest that you and your source, Ethan, do a little homework as to the history of literacy tests in this country and what that means? Can you tell me that I somehow misquoted Mr. Tancredo?

      After that, can you tell me why one of the organizers of the event was so displeased with Tancredo’s comments? Are you suggesting that I have misquoted him.

      If you read this post with any regularity, you will know that I have no problem whatsoever being challenged. But when you try to pretend that racism is anything other than racism – or that the statements made can be interpreted in any other reasonable way – then you bring discredit to your own political point of view. If you think its okay to be racists, than be a man and say so. But don’t pretend to take clearly racist comments and pretend that they meant something else.

      By the way, did you notice that your boy Ethan chose to only discuss the ‘multicultural” reference? Uh…what about the other, more explicit and offensive comments Trancedo made?

      Let me as respectfully frank as I can — if you are going to convince anyone that Trancedo’s comments were anything but racist, you’re going to have to have better authority than this. And while we’re at it, why don’t you show us how bright you are by telling us what you think the man meant by the remark “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country.”
      I’m sure we would all very much enjoy your point of view. And, while your at it, why not have Ethan tell us what he thinks it means?

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        Regardless of Tancredo’s rant do you mean there is no cult of multiculturalism in this country? You can’t be serious.

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          granny – I guess I would need to better understand how our multiculture society forms a ‘cult’. If you’re asking do I believe that America is a melting pot for all the cultures that have come here from other countries, I would say absolutely yes. But that isn’t cultish..that’s what America is. So, help me understand how you would define this ‘cult’.

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            To some extent America is a melting pot. I share your nostaligia about that Rick. I wish it was more so. Much more. But please understand the definition here. “Multiculturalism”, by definition, is the opposite of assimilation and social integration (i.e., melting pot).

            Multiculturalism is the acceptance and promotion of various cultures simply FOR the sake of diversity. It is 100% in the opposite direction of assimilation. The USA used to be more multi-national, I think. Now it is becoming more multi-cultural. They’re not the same thing.

            It is the goal of multiculturalism to award the standing of the values of the religious or ethnic group “du jour” to the same levels as values that have been long held in this nation for centuries. Sorry, I’ll take Jeffersonian democracy over jungle law any day.

            Well I still haven’t heard Tancredo’s rant about the “cult” yet. But if you want more information on whether this country is adopting a “cult of multiculturalism”, pick up the phone, dial 1-800- anything, and “press 1 for English, press 2 for Spanish” Cheers.

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          granny- A very good explanation of a multicutural society versus a melting pot. I do understand what you are saying.

          I’m not sure that I agree with your assessment of how we seek to promote various cultures simply FOR the sake of diversity. However, your point is well made and I promise you I will think about it.

          My initial reaction is that maybe there are a few other things at work. The US has always been a multicultural nation. Maybe we’ve learned to give more respect to our various cultures rather than expecting everyone to turn into one variety? You are right that we do get a Spanish option on the telephone. But is that a reminder that we are losing American identity or opening it up to others in the tradition of how most of us came to be here?

          In another time, this country will filed with people who only spoke other languages…Italian, Spanish, etc. You can argue that by not having a list of language options they were forced to assimilate and you would have a point. But, are we progressing when we recognize we have people who speak different languages… handicapped who need ramps to get where they want to go in public, etc? I think maybe yes.

          As for the notion that we are promoting certain cultures for the sheer sake of diversity, I don’t want to assume anything so I wonder if you would give us some examples of this?

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        First and foremost, let me say that I really don’t care about the Tea Party. I have not done much research on it, and I really don’t care to do so. With that said, your arguement posted here has some significant flaws:

        First and foremost, a literacy test is not in and of itself racist- albeit discriminatory by its very nature, but that’s another topic for another time.. What made the literacy test discriminatory was the “grandfather clause” used to make blacks the only ones who had to take it. The “grandfather clause” made it so that you were exempt from any of the tests or whatnot to vote if your grandfather had the right to vote. Really, if we had a universal literacy test, it would only be discriminatory on the grounds that it would prevent the uneducated from voting- and surely you are not saying that ALL minorities are uneducated.

        Next, the “multicultural cult” statement is not racist in any sense of the term. Regardless of its veracity, it is a statement saying that we have placed a higher value on not offending any ethnic group that arrives in America than encouraging integration into our national culture. People would point to how successfully the Irish, the Germans, the Poles, Eastern European, and Chinese cultures have integrated into society (small ethnic enclaves not withstanding) whereas it seems that our society has a problem with asking the same of more recent waves of immigrants.

        You also make reference to “other, more explicit and explosive comments Tancredo made.” At risk of seeming ignorant, what other statements (other than a desire for a literacy test and the “cult of multiculturalism” statement”) did he make? Your original post only quoted Tancredo on those two topic, and then stated that, “Tancredo basically did everything he could to make his racist point short of handing out copies of “Mein Kampf” and carrying a sign reading, “If you ain’t white, you ain’t right.”" Unless Tancredo DID, in fact, hand out copies of “Mein Kampf” and carry a sign reading “If you ain’t white, you ain’t right” I would like to know what other racist comments he made, if any.

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    Wow, NPR only aired the “cult of multiculturalism” segment of Tancredo’s speech, which I thought was narrow-minded enough. Did little Tommy not hear stories from his grandparents that when they and other Italian nationals immigrated to the U.S. they were considered contributors such a society?

    The suggestion that we need to re-implement a test in order to vote is amazingly McCarthy-esque and sickening. The Teabaggers haven’t quite gotten a hold on their message yet, if Skoda left shaking his head. Rhetoric like Tancredo’s is what disturbs those who critique the Tea Party movement. I don’t think the baggers realize how they are being used as tools for neo-conservative politicos and talking heads. If there are enough folks who co-opt this raging bigotry, that movement could get really ugly super fast.

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    Nothing like mainstream crud politicians trying to hijack a grassroots movement….now they will need a Tea Party II to distance themselves from the flotsam and jetsam which has surfaced in Tea Party I

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    it just seems to me that racists feel more comfortable “coming out” these days.

    at a rally for Joe “you lie” Wilson last august in my town, people were handing out cr@p that the “dirty joooze” were taking over the world. so it makes me believe this Bill Berkowitz article
    http://www.globalissues.org/news/2009/12/22/4013

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    Just because literacy tests were once used as a tool of oppression, doesn’t mean that they don’t have a practical application.

    I’ve always held the belief that a 25- or 50-question civics/current events test should come with every voter registration form.

    At the very least, it would have kept W. from planting his ass in the White House for eight long years.

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      While I’m most certainly all for an informed electorate, agree that voters are not nearly as educated as they should be and would have been pleased to avoid 8 years of W., we have a long history in this country of such exams being misused to keep certain voting blocks from their right to do so. I’m very much afraid it would be misused again.

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      I would agree if everyone got the same quality of education in American. But, this is not, nor has it ever been, the case. So, the “so-called” literacy test would certainly be biased and unfair. I wouldn’t want to see us employ a test that would eliminate folks…even if the wrong people get into office. That’s the chance we have to take in a democracy.

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    i think it is entirely too presumptive to assume that only ignorant individuals voted for any particular politician. if we are going to administer any form of testing, it should be administered to those who wish to hold office. i doubt that any of this would have kept jr out of office. i would prefer to see one term limits. run as many times as you want, but not while you hold an office. i would stop the practice of campaigning while still in office. we did not hire any of these folks to play at politics. and more importantly a better way to fire any government employee who fails to discharge the duties of their office. breaking campaign promise’s would be sufficient.

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      I like what you say up to the point of firing for breaking campaign promises. Sometimes, what a candidate thinks is possible turns out to be otherwise once in office. When Obama was making promises in 2007, how could he know what was going to happen to the economy in 2008?
      We do have a way of firing these people – it’s called impeachment. The only problem is that there is actually no such mechanism when it comes to Congress! With House members, you can get rid of them pretty quickly as they must run ever 2 years. But senators? You’re pretty much stuck for 6 years- no matter how big of a scumbag your senator might turn out to be.

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    A good – and highly disturbing – catch, Rick.

    However, I would like to question some of the assumptions underlying all this talk of poll testing, education, and literacy. Besides the fact that they’ve been abused as a tool of oppression, there’s also the matter that an elite education doesn’t preclude bad political decision making. In fact, I think, if you look at some of the horrors that the best and the brightest throughout history have advocated and carried out, you’d be hard pressed to say the illiterate masses could’ve done much worse. I’m not advocating ignorance. I’m just saying don’t think that your Ivy League diploma makes you less prone to disastrous decisions.

    There’s also some delicious irony in a man who doesn’t believe in evolution lecturing a crowd about the dangers of an uniformed populace.

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      Joseph , I couldn’t agree with you more. The only difference between highly educated errors and poorly educated errors is often the size of the error. This is why I’ve always considered ’smart’ to be highly overrated. At the end of the day, we are all going to fall just to one side or the other of getting it right 50% of the time and getting it wrong the rest.
      People do not need to know their history to form an opinion as to the present – although it certainly doesn’t hurt. When you start imposing literacy tests, this has an unhappy ending.

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    Mr. Tancredo’s vocabulary exposes a pugnacious, self-destructive attitude shared by millions of conservative — and centrist — voters in the US who have betrayed themselves, their children, and their country as a whole.

    The televised shame experienced by Jim Crow’s base in southern US states did not change attitudes — it changed only vocabulary. Code phrases such as “cult of multiculturalism” and “real Americans” reveal naked fear and hatred, in that order.

    These people, along with those who fan the flames: O’Reilly / Beck / Palin, relentlessly characterize half-hearted half-measures towards reversing the three decades old trend towards concentrating wealth in the hands of a few — which has harmed the GOP’s base as much as anyone — as “socialist”.

    These people have repeatedly cast their votes in favor of relocating their country’s manufacturing base elsewhere, instead of modifying it for the times. They do not have the intellectual honesty to admit that they consciously elected to outsource their own and their childrens’ livelihoods.

    These people have always supported some of the most extreme, offensive, self-destructive, (and yes, knee-jerk) US foreign policies. Evidence: the no strings attached financial, military, and diplomatic support for Israel’s disproportionate military offensives against the Lebanese and Palestinians, and of course the purely offensive invasion of Iraq — while always insisting that they do not have the time, curiosity, or even the need to understand anything about the underlying issues. They don’t care what happens to people in other countries while they enthusiastically support attacking anyone on the flimsiest pretenses. Even after they lose, they prefer to “stay the course”, while being utterly unable to explain what that course “is”, beyond spouting words like “terrorist”, “freedom”, and “victory”. This is neither an intelligent strategy, nor a recipe for success.

    They have only themselves to blame for their physical and financial insecurity, and their response to reason such as my own is thus: attempt to prevent me from speaking by drowning me out with irrelevant, disconnected phrases shouted at high volume (the O’Reilly method), followed up with threats, such as the numerous death threats delivered to me by phone, and in person, by well-armed, ex-blood relations in Georgetown and Calvert, Texas. (Some day I may wake up in a bad mood and name names, or even prosecute.)

    So… “What now, little man?” Kill the liberals then cannibalize yourselves after completing the task of wrecking your educational, food, and water distribution systems, which depend on (oh my!) taxes and evil government intervention in the economy?

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      Very nicely said! Where can I read your blogs?

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      nice post. the problem i always find with ‘terms’ is the definition of those terms. what is a liberal or a conservative. political purists may find a common ground for defining these terms. mainstream america is a bit more vague. it is that same population whose voting process is, and will, remain in question. i think the real under lying issue is the definition(s) that lead to the voter conclusion.

      i do concur that the average american has little knowledge of the workings of government. they are not aware of taxation. do not understand the implications of an open door immigration policy. of course education would help solve that. yet the first budget we strip money from is always education. a correlation could be made.

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        RBrooks, thanks for the compliment. Just a thought in response to your previous post about busing anti-abortion protesters from various locales for the purpose of managing perceptions. It reminded me of a very similar tactic — banking on the “perception is reality” idea — used by the Bush Administration, Fox, CNN, and the BBC: giving equal weight to a tiny minority of scientists during the years of debate over whether or not people are having any impact on the planet’s changing climate.

        Regarding my use of labels… To explain myself, the terms I used — conservative, centrist, liberal — are those many Americans apply to themselves. I take and use their own definitions at face value. I call myself a liberal, a term that has been a dirty word in most environments I have lived and worked in. However, I gladly apply the label to myself, and in my opinion, those who use the term as a smear tactic have completely discredited themselves.

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    There’s an excellent article in the Boston Globe this week about cognitive fluency: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/01/31/easy__true/?page=full
    It leads me to believe that whenever people are accused of being ignorant or not smart enough, there’s a higher probability that they are just mentally lazy. The tea partiers are almost certainly guilty of not thinking through their positions thoroughly. Thus they may miss the implications of racism in these positions because they are reacting to non-racial situations. That said, Tancredo is well aware of the ease with which racism can incite the masses and deserves all the censure you give him.

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      MisterB, I read the article on cognitive fluency. Thank you for the reference. It made me want to say some things on the subject of intelligent voting, though I am no scholar, and have on more than one occasion been labeled “mediocre” by people with advanced university degrees. That said, here goes…

      One section of the article which I really connected with — and I take the liberty of using it out of context — was the one describing how our ["...sensitivity to... and affinity for... cognitive fluency, helps us apportion limited mental resources in a world where lots of things clamor for our attention and we have to quickly figure out which are worth thinking about."] For me, this indirectly hit the nail on the head. Countless times — hundreds, possibly thousands of times, yesterday even — I have been engaged in conversation with friends, acquaintances, relatives, or work colleagues, where I find myself wanting to turn the conversation to a couple of my favorite subjects: geo-politics and history. When I do this — boorishly often — the reaction is predictable. They just aren’t interested. It’s boring. It has no bearing on their own, or their friends’ private lives. “What can I/you do?” Pardon my sarcasm, but they think that talking about strawberry jam is far more interesting and meaningful than talking about a wacky tax system or offensive, risk-inducing, self-destructive foreign policies. Here are some personal and not so personal anecdotes:

      On a couple of occasions in the 1990’s, after I had moved from Texas to live in “liberal” SF / Berkeley, I wanted to have conversations about the dangerous mixture of religion and militarism in the US — with self-described liberals who had multiple, advance university degrees. Their responses were identical: “Why should I worry? I’m an American.” They thought the topic was uninteresting and meaningless. Americans were just too exceptional ["It can't happen here"]. There was no need to be concerned about such things. Another American friend once told me that to get ahead in life (financially), “all you need is good bullshit”. I can’t deny the truth of his statement; there must be a correlation between my lack of funds and my refusal to engage in office politics because I have often outperformed colleagues in terms of my software’s quality and quantity. (However, I’m learning chinese-grade patience from my wife, and believe that good BS only goes so far… who was that US Republican that said: “what cannot go on forever, won’t”?)

      Before I leave the topic of good BS: the US advertising industry remains firmly secure and disproportionately influential in the 50 states, while US factories have been deemed expendable. The “all you need is good bullshit” credo is not just a glib, personal modus operandi, it has been institutionalized.

      Another obstacle to the promotion of intelligence among US voters across the country’s political spectrum — and an observation that is only slightly tangential to the good BS issue — is a canard which is deeply ingrained in US academic and business culture: the conviction that “perception is reality”. At the risk of being laughed at by the most highly pedigreed, post-modern minds in America, I say: this is really dumb. (There, I said it.) Perception is not reality. Neither I nor anyone else own the correct version of reality, and there are more than four billion perceptions of it, but I want to point out that only some perceptions match up well against reality, while others match up extremely poorly. To back that up, I remind people of a couple of nasty run-ins with reality — the Vietnam and Iraq Wars — which were advertised as cakewalks. Another example was the perception that huge US deficits didn’t really matter — in the eyes of Wall Street, from the GOP administered 1980s right up until Barak Obama was elected — because the US was so credit-worthy and its economy was just too big to fail. The people who led the US into these disasters were the “best and brightest”, or in the words of a BBC presenter before a recent presidential address to Congress, the “great and the good”.

      Delusion and hubris negate intelligence. I think I can get away with saying that Harvard, Yale, and Oxford degrees do not guarantee their owners a firm grip on reality or certificates of competence. Recent economic and military events demonstrate that the highly pedigreed managers of the US’ and UK’s unsustainable economic policies and military adventures suffer from delusions certified by their countries’ most illustrious academic institutions. The “conventional wisdom” which filters down to the little people (us) leaves us defenseless — physically and intellectually, at least until individuals, whatever their pedigree, begin to pay attention to what really matters.

      In my earlier post I laid at the tea-baggers’ feet the responsibility for their own physical and financial insecurity. Their ill considered voting habits continue to have grave consequences for themselves. Things can get much worse than they are. The US’ geo-strategic position is in near free-fall, and the unwinding of the credit default swap instruments could cause a severe financial collapse. They can go on forgetting the history of their own personal lives — voting for right wing ideologues, with their huge deficits brought on in part by expensive, offensive military campaigns, and voting for self-described centrists such as those who repealed the Glass-Steagall Act and reinforced Goldman Sachs’ control of the US Treasury — or they can ditch their ideological purity and get interested in learning and doing whatever it takes to improve their lives and reputations. That may entail rehabilitating “liberals”, who, by the way, penned the Declaration of Independence, ended slavery, and dragged pro-Hitler conservatives into WW II.

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      misterb — Thank you for the link. Very nice article. Cognitive fluency = very neat concept.

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    I can depend on Rick Ungar to attract more than his share of interesting comments. Love this blog.

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    Is there anyone out there who really believes that Barack Obama was elected by non-educated folks? Those who are college educated were drawn to the Obama campaign. Those who are uneducated probably only came out to vote because they were excited about CHANGE. When Barack Obama’s term or terms are up, it would go back to normal. If you institute a test for voters, Mr. Tancredo may cut his own throat, because it seems like his diatribes cater to the uneducated.

    http://www.plaintalk2010.com

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    It’s not just the uneducated. Don’t you see? It doesn’t take intelligence or lack thereof to buy into a lie. Human beings are attracted to leaders who mirror their own prejudices and world views, whether right or wrong, benign or cruel. Every flim flam man knows this. Every crooked and semi-crooked pol depends on it. And there will always be plenty of those around. Tancredo’s (and yes, Limbaugh’s) words are a call to those prejudices. And must not be brushed off as inconsequential. Doing so is the same as giving him and those who are drawn to him permission to go ever further … The events of the last century are just too large a lesson to ignore.

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    my mother found this circulating in the web.

    “The real danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

    “The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

    “The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

    – Author Unknown

    the real danger from the citizens of this country is the inability to grasp how similar our politicians have become. they are all crooks trying to line their own pockets. the only difference is which group of business’ will benefit.

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    You see what you want to see. I remember in college a sociology professor of mine commented in class about how blacks were excluded from higher education by whites on admissions committees as a way to marginalize them. I counted faces in the classroom and about 6/50 (12%) were black, so I pointed out that this was close to their representation in the population as a whole. She thanked me for making her point for her – it was less than 14% (oblivious to the obvious statistical insignificance). I realized that day that even a PhD doesn’t mean people are capable of overcoming their own biases, even when presented with facts.

    You think because literacy tests were mentioned and these were associated with Jim Crow laws that is the same thing as racism? Well, I guess that’s your opinion, but you do not back it up with anything but rhetoric. And, frankly, anyone who invokes comparisons to Hitler is just intellectually lazy. I’m sorry but, seriously, it’s the adult equivalent to calling someone a “poopy head” and how seriously can anyone possibly take you when you do that?

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    I was reading some of Tom Tancredo’s past speeches after my last comment and all I have to say is that you are right – there is so much racism hidden within the text. For example, on a dinner with some of his black supporters in March 2010, he said (exerpts only)
    “I remember when I was young, sitting on the porch with my aunt and uncle…”

    porch! Can you believe he said that in front of black people? He was clearly alluding to a nasty racial epithet which I won’t repeat. He chose his words carefully – he could have just said “out in front”. But he was well aware of who was at the table with him. It gets worse – he describes a dinner he had at an African American’s house once:

    “…best dinner I ever had. She made this fruit salad that had oranges and watermelon in it”

    omg, do you believe that? he said “watermelon” when referring to an event where he was in the presence of a black person! Perpetuating a nasty, nasty stereotype involving culinary preferences. Man, I cannot belive this man is in office. Is there any more solid proof than this that he is a hardcore racist? Why, yes there is. In a seperate speech he also said

    “…and that was part of my struggle to understand politics”

    “my struggle”? In German, that translates as “Mein Kampf”! Holy cow, Rick. I am sorry I didn’t take all these vague allusions you pointed out seriously. Clearly, there is a pattern. I am watching carefully every time I see him and, you know, one time he was waving and his hand went slightly up – it was the “Heil Hitler” sign! I just know it! We are so lucky to have you pointing out these things we would not otherwise see.

    “The police acted stupidly” – Barack Obama
    This, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with race and is in no way linked to stereotypes of white police officers in even the most remote manner. It is a pure, objective factual statement, of course.

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